Apple TV £49.50 @ Tesco (instore)
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Apple TV £49.50 @ Tesco (instore)

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Found 1st Aug 2014
Just seen this deal instore at Tesco Ashford, is it Nationwide? Marked Reduced to clear so limited stock I imagine. Tesco Online price is still £79.

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Am looking for this at the right price so will take a look later thanks.

great price dont think my local ever has any offers like this

Original Poster

thanks! It was reduced to £74.50 a few days ago, haven't seen it cheaper than £49.50 new anywhere! This suggests to me a new Apple TV is on the horizon but for £50 I'm not complaining!

BuzzDuraband

I would personally save yourself £37.



For those that require airplay mirroring only an Apple TV would do it. Otherwise I would jump at the numerous cheaper alternatives.

BuzzDuraband

I would personally save yourself £37.



Not if you want far better build quality, Ethernet, 1080p, Optical Audio, Airplay, Airplay mirroring, Netflix, NBA or access to your iTunes library.

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eshaq786

For those that require airplay mirroring only an Apple TV would do it. … For those that require airplay mirroring only an Apple TV would do it. Otherwise I would jump at the numerous cheaper alternatives.



Said this a million times before, I own both a Mac and an iPad, I have had two Apple TV's, the second I bought on the thought process I may have been a little premature in selling the first, It only clarified for me why I sold it, They are absolutely useless, I have had more use with a £10 Now TV box with Plex side loaded on it than I ever did with an ATV.

But as I stated previously that is just my personal opinion.

BuzzDuraband

They are absolutely useless



That it absolutely nonsense. Don't exaggerate because you can't be bothered to elaborate your own point.

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DemonIT

That it absolutely nonsense. Don't exaggerate because you can't be … That it absolutely nonsense. Don't exaggerate because you can't be bothered to elaborate your own point.



I'm not the smartest person on the planet, But I am 99% sure I elaborated it quite well on the following sentence of the text you decided not to quote.

Chromecast mirrors with latest software upgrade. use it a lot with my Nexus 7.

I've got nowtv with plex side loaded, as well as 3 apple tvs, the nowtv is never, ever used, the ATVs are used daily. Ymmv

I know the answer may be on google somewhere, but could someone who has an Apple TV answer:
Does it work independently or does it only mirror an iphone / iPad?
Does it have it's own software built in? Ie, can I upload apps to it etc?
Can I plug my hard drive to it and watch mp4 films?
Thanks

toilettroll

Chromecast mirrors with latest software upgrade. use it a lot with my … Chromecast mirrors with latest software upgrade. use it a lot with my Nexus 7.


I recently bought a chrome cast. I'm sure it works really well with android phones but I'm getting frustrated with my iphone that a lot of the apps like itv player arnt compatible. Hopefully they will sort out updates soon.

I think they are considered useless because very few media companies dare to deal with Apple.

If you only think of an ATV as a mirroring device for your iOS device it's excellent.
If you think of it as a stand alone media player it's junk.
My one was hardly used. Now I don't have it I miss it but with a chromecast I can do almost as much. Though not sure if Amazonplayer works on ATV it doesn't on Chromecast.

I have Apple TV, Chromecast and a ROKU box so hopefully in a good position to judge.
ATV great for iTunes netflix and YouTube
Chromecast complete pain in the bum forever losing signal
ROKU superb, Netflix etc easy to use and the big + is Flixster app plays your Ultraviolet movies from bought DVDs and Blurays.

wolf359

I've got nowtv with plex side loaded, as well as 3 apple tvs, the nowtv … I've got nowtv with plex side loaded, as well as 3 apple tvs, the nowtv is never, ever used, the ATVs are used daily. Ymmv


for netflix ?

I think how much Apple TV will appeal to you is very much dependent upon the wider system that it's connected to and what you really want from it. I've got one of the second gen versions (I'm assuming the one in the deal is the 3rd Gen 1080 version) and it's been fantastic for me. It's interface is great and it does what I want from it - making the link to iTunes through home sharing and a decent amp etc, it provides instant access to all my music, having Netflix, Vimeo, YouTube, Vevo and AirPlay support along with various other options more rarely used, it just does what I want from it. It's never done anything other than perform brilliantly and can only say that as is often the case with a lot of Apple stuff in recent years, once you buy into the platform (which I know puts some off), it just gets on with the job and does it well. Sure, since I bought mine, more alternatives are available and the leap between 2nd and 3rd gen wasn't enough to warrant an upgrade so I've had no need to change. Sometimes it's easy to get sucked into the tech spec and features (most of which will never get used) and overlook what it's like to experience with day to day real-world usage. I've no intention of engaging with any Apple vs Samsung/Google/whatever pointless 'debates' - just get what's right for you and live and let live. I'm just sharing my Apple TV experience over the years and as this is half what I paid, despite there being the next version due next year, this looks like a bargain to me

What's Apple TV, is it with the purchase price?

BuzzDuraband

I'm not the smartest person on the planet, But I am 99% sure I elaborated … I'm not the smartest person on the planet, But I am 99% sure I elaborated it quite well on the following sentence of the text you decided not to quote.



Firstly, nobody's questioning your intelligence. You said how you'd owned two and that they're useless, without giving any explanation as to why they're useless. What about them is useless? I use mine everyday and it functions perfectly for what it was intended for - your sweeping statement that they are useless is not even an opinion - it's nonsense.

Can you put XBMC on this version then?

Still £79 in tesco Portsmouth

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DemonIT

Firstly, nobody's questioning your intelligence. You said how you'd … Firstly, nobody's questioning your intelligence. You said how you'd owned two and that they're useless, without giving any explanation as to why they're useless. What about them is useless? I use mine everyday and it functions perfectly for what it was intended for - your sweeping statement that they are useless is not even an opinion - it's nonsense.



In fairness I could simply type "they're crap" and it would be a valid opinion.

Let me bounce the question back to you, outside Mirroring and Netflix, what exactly is the Apple TV any good for?

Come September there will be a new Apple TV platform that's why there discounted at lots of places , I would hold on a bit and see what's coming out

At this price it starts to rival a Roku for netflix use, and will run plex with some messing:

slashgear.com/ple…30/

any in glasgow stores?

sdrtodd

Come September there will be a new Apple TV platform that's why there … Come September there will be a new Apple TV platform that's why there discounted at lots of places , I would hold on a bit and see what's coming out



Apparently it's been put back to 2015 thanks to ongoing complications between Comcast and Warner Bros Cable - i.e. content for the next gen platform. You're right though - the next version will undoubtedly be offering more...but it's highly unlikely that they'll be selling them for anything remotely close to £50.

BuzzDuraband

In fairness I could simply type "they're crap" and it would be a valid … In fairness I could simply type "they're crap" and it would be a valid opinion.Let me bounce the question back to you, outside Mirroring and Netflix, what exactly is the Apple TV any good for?



Crap is an opinion, useless is just plain incorrect. It has many uses (including a paperweight if nothing else).

NBA - I watch 6 hours a week during the season.
Red Bull TV - great free sports network.
YouTube
Vevo

Finally, you say 'apart from Airplay', but I use Airplay a lot - to stream content where there isn't a native app (like BBC iPlayer), or playing music to different rooms in my house.

I'm not saying it's for everyone, I just think your "it's useless" or "it's crap" statements are totally unfair to what is an excellent product (where you have a need for one of the items of functionality I listed in my original post).

Am I being unfair?

BuzzDuraband

Said this a million times before, I own both a Mac and an iPad, I have … Said this a million times before, I own both a Mac and an iPad, I have had two Apple TV's, the second I bought on the thought process I may have been a little premature in selling the first, It only clarified for me why I sold it, They are absolutely useless, I have had more use with a £10 Now TV box with Plex side loaded on it than I ever did with an ATV.But as I stated previously that is just my personal opinion.



Please provide an alternative that would do Airplay mirroring which is what I require.

It's worth the £79 so at this price it's an insane bargain! I might grab another one for the den!

beamersj

I have Apple TV, Chromecast and a ROKU box so hopefully in a good … I have Apple TV, Chromecast and a ROKU box so hopefully in a good position to judge. ATV great for iTunes netflix and YouTube Chromecast complete pain in the bum forever losing signal ROKU superb, Netflix etc easy to use and the big + is Flixster app plays your Ultraviolet movies from bought DVDs and Blurays.



Google 'Apple TV droppings signal' and you get 1000s of results. I'm not the newbie saying that only the Google one does it.

I just bought a £30 laptop with a broken screen and out it in a docking station, Ok no mirroring but it is far more useful than any media player

BuzzDuraband

In fairness I could simply type "they're crap" and it would be a valid … In fairness I could simply type "they're crap" and it would be a valid opinion.Let me bounce the question back to you, outside Mirroring and Netflix, what exactly is the Apple TV any good for?



I buy music and films from itunes - I can have access to them all via the library on Apple TV.
I take the majority of my photos with my iphone - I can have access to them all via the Apple TV.
I watch Netflix
I airplay from my iphone, ipad, macbook.

The Apple TV is perfect for what I want and is the only device that will do the job.

Edited by: "Dan_999" 1st Aug 2014

I don't suppose anyone wants to talk about the deal? I would like to know whether this has been spotted at more than one store -- my local doesn't stock them.

I'm going to Woolwich Tesco tonight, will report back if the deal is on there.

jamesdew

Can you put XBMC on this version then?



No but you can put Plex on with al ittle work around....I have ATV use it almost exclusively for Plex and love it...I also have a NOWTV with plex....interface not as nice and drops more / has more freeze ups. Sure cheaper alternatives but ATV is quite nice

beamersj

I have Apple TV, Chromecast and a ROKU box so hopefully in a good … I have Apple TV, Chromecast and a ROKU box so hopefully in a good position to judge. ATV great for iTunes netflix and YouTube Chromecast complete pain in the bum forever losing signal ROKU superb, Netflix etc easy to use and the big + is Flixster app plays your Ultraviolet movies from bought DVDs and Blurays.



How do you do this, i've tentatively looked into this and not found a proper way of doing it.

grilli

How do you do this, i've tentatively looked into this and not found a … How do you do this, i've tentatively looked into this and not found a proper way of doing it.



The 3rd Gen ATVs can't be hacked - for Plex or anything else.

mgk

No but you can put Plex on with al ittle work around....I have ATV use it … No but you can put Plex on with al ittle work around....I have ATV use it almost exclusively for Plex and love it...I also have a NOWTV with plex....interface not as nice and drops more / has more freeze ups. Sure cheaper alternatives but ATV is quite nice



Not any more - it's patched. You're ok as long as you don't update.

LadyEleanor

Google 'Apple TV droppings signal' and you get 1000s of results. I'm not … Google 'Apple TV droppings signal' and you get 1000s of results. I'm not the newbie saying that only the Google one does it.


As I have all three working I can give a balanced opinion. Roku is by far the best but the Apple has some good features even if it needs resetting sometimes. Chromecast is not fit for purpose and constantly crashes or loses signal if I didn't have it for free I would have returned.
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